I have been hearing a lot lately about the Government's decision to make retailers charge shoppers for carrier bags.
Many people seem to be scandalised that supermarkets and shops are now charging 5p for a carrier bag, but considering the changes that this will implement and the money that will be donated to charity, I think that this is a good and necessary change that will also help our carbon footprint.
The figures speak for themselves. 8.5 billion carrier bags are given out on average each year. Carrier bags are a huge problem for the environment, taking around 1000 years to break down in landfills and can be harmful to animals.
I read a few years ago about a Minke whale that was stranded on a beach in Normandy. Whilst investigating the cause of death, it was found to have had 800g of plastic bags in it's stomach along with other packaging.
I came across the below infograph which tells us not only how to reduce our carbon footprint, but also save money too.
4imprint has a range of reusable and recycled products that could help you and
your friends reduce your carbon footprint
In an effort to reduce my carbon footprint, I have now bought some personalised, fun and environmentally friendly bags to carry my shopping, a water bottle that I can refill instead of constantly buying bottles.
On the more technical side, I have also invested in a bulk buy of Stylus Pens for my phone and the touch screen on my laptop. Buying in bulk is far more environmentally friendly and can save you money in the long run too. I cannot count the amount of pens that I have lost over the past few years and have had to replace.
How do you try to reduce your carbon footprint?
* As a result of this post, environmentally friendly bags will be donated to my local girl's football team